But first some Quilty 365 circle blocks.
So my bloggy friend, Kaja over at Sew Slowly, has been involved with Quilty 365 probably since it started. She's posted several of her circle blocks and I fell in love with them. Kaja is well known for her hand sewing and quilting (hence the title of her blog). Naturally she is doing all of her work by hand. And it's fabulous! Really, really beautiful and inspiring.
So I was a bit intrigued at first. Then I began toying with perhaps joining in. I finally visited Quilty Folk to check it out. No, it's not really for me. Love it or not, a project hanging around for a whole year would not survive. I'm just not going to last. Then Kaja posted another round of photos and, oh my goodness, I was hooked. I could not resist.
I decided to make a couple of blocks from some woven fabric just to give it a go. The fabric is soft and easy to sew. Maybe, I thought, make a quilted pillow cover or bag or something. I figured a nine patch and I'd be satisfied. Less than a week later and I have 14 blocks in two different sizes. All cut by hand, sewn by hand and petted (a lot) by hand! No, I am not done. This afternoon I cut more. More circles. More back ground squares. Quite a few, actually. I did reverse the fabrics, though, solid circles and striped/plaid backgrounds. We'll see how that works when everything is mixed up.
I figured out how to change the pictures into black and white only. What a great way to look at value.
Before I say goodnight, I must thank Audrey for the idea and for setting up the rules (you know, the ones I'm not following. Sorry Audrey.) And also Kaja for the inspiration. I know I can't even think of reaching her level of perfection, but I can have fun and that's the plan...until the next big-thing-that-I-can't-resist comes along.
Happy Quilting and come back tomorrow for Sunday Quilt Inspiration!